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The Randle Report is breaking for lunch and making way for a new editor shift. Click on the headline above to access Southern Business & Development's Web site for more detailed information on economic development in the South. Posts will resume at 12:30 pm CDT.
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The South's Best Economic Development Law Firms
If your company is undergoing a site search in the American South, this digital magazine of the South's best economic development law firms is a valuable asset. Southern Business & Development magazine recently conducted a survey of the region's economic development community and the results of the survey can be found in this digital magazine. Find out which law firms are considered the best in the practice of economic development. Click on the headline above. SB&D
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Auto industry supplier G&B Global relocating HQ to McCalla, AL
A Michigan-based automotive supplier is relocating its North American headquarters from the Detroit area to McCalla, with plans to create up to 75 jobs. G&B Global of Rochester, Mich., is investing $4.8 million in a 60,060-square-foot space it is leasing in the Jefferson Metropolitan Park McCalla that will become its new headquarters. Birmingham News
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Alabama's lost jobs won't return soon, IHS Global Insight says
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- It will take Alabama as much as five years to recover the jobs its has lost since the beginning of the recession, according to IHS Global Insight, an Englewood, Co.-based forecasting firm. Alabama is among five states that won't see a return to peak employment until 2016 or 2017, the firm said in data released today. The other states are Florida, Ohio, Arizona and Rhode Island. Birmingham News
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A snake, well done, causes outage of 26,000 in Madison County
HUNTSVILLE, Alabama -- Like fried snake? Huntsville Utilities might have one for you. Bill Yell, spokesman for Huntsville Utilities, said a snake caused the failure of an electrical substation on Chaney Thompson Sunday night and left about 26,000 people in south Huntsville and south Madison County without power for up to three hours. The power outage was reported at 9:03 p.m. and utilities workers found the culprit -- a burned up snake. "The snake was the original cause and got on the switch and caused it to fail," Yell said. What kind of snake was it? "A dead one," Yell deadpanned. The Huntsville Times
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Cotton Rises in Arkansas
This fall, Republicans hope to claim Arkansas’s 4th Congressional District, one of the few Democratic redoubts in the South. Six-term incumbent Mike Ross is retiring, and the state legislature has redrawn the district’s lines to incorporate more Republican-friendly territory. In other words, it’s ripe for a pickup. And newcomer Tom Cotton may be just the man to win it. The Republican primary has been a hard-fought contest between the 2010 GOP nominee, Beth Anne Rankin, and Cotton, an Iraq War veteran. But in the latest Talk-Business–Hendrix College poll, Cotton has posted an 18-point lead, 51–33, over Rankin. National Review
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Obama’s Oprah Problem
She didn’t see it coming. One day, Oprah Winfrey turned around, and her nationally syndicated show was sliding in the ratings, and her audience was fleeing en masse. And it happened soon after a day she thought was one of the best in her life. Isn’t that how all the giants fall? When they least expect it? It was the day Oprah announced she was backing the African-American candidate, then-senator Barack Obama, over the highly qualified and experienced woman candidate, then-senator Hillary Clinton. National Review
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Could Overhauled Organizing Deliver Virginia to the GOP This Fall?
If you need proof that President Obama's team will run a formidable ground game in Virginia, consider this: At the 2012 kickoff rally in Richmond, organizers say they signed up 1,500 new volunteers from the 8,000 people in the crowd. But in addition to obvious dangers like a struggling economy, Obama’s team will face a new threat -- a better-prepared Republican Party coming off three years of victories in the state. National Journal
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Same as it ever was: You may ask yourself, can Montgomery change its ways?
When Democrats ran state government, political promises were quickly forgotten, squabbling began and parochial interests took control. The results were predictable — last-minute budgets cobbled together and little if any significant legislation passed. This year, Republicans are in charge. There was a Republican governor and the Grand Old Party had a supermajority in both houses. Alabamians were promised that that things would be different if the Republican Party gained this control. Everyone waited for things to be different. Anniston Star
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Immigration law has little impact on Alabama crops
Monday’s headline "Less help, less crops" perpetuates The Associated Press’ and Opelika-Auburn News’ bias against the Alabama immigration law. I think a good question to farmer Keith Dickie, who states “There's too much uncertainty" in the story, would be: "Uncertainty about what?" It is a violation of the law to hire undocumented workers. Surely, Dickie knows this. So it stands to reason that when he chose to go into farming that he would know how many workers he would need and where they would come from. Opelika-Auburn News
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